The Oakmont Sunday Symposium is open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Topics in the Symposium's fall schedule include civil rights and wilderness legislation, drought resistant gardening and Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Court.

Sunday events for Oakmont residents and their invited guests are from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Rec Center.  A $3 donation is requested. Discounted passes are available at the door. The Symposium solicits comments and suggestions about our programs from our audience. Click on Contact Us.


Sandy Metzger, "Drought Resistant Gardening" on September 28, 2014 (audio & PowerPoint slides)

Lynn Cominksy, "BLAZING GALAXIES, EXPLODING STARS, AND MONSTROUS BLACK HOLES" on May 8, 2014 (audio & video)

October 5
Joan Price --"The Five Biggest Myths About Sex and Aging"

John McDougall Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She has been called other things by the media: "senior sexpert," "the beautiful face of senior sex," and—her favorite—"wrinkly sex kitten."

In an eye opening symposium presentation, Price shatters some typical myths and shares the most common questions that Boomers, seniors, and elders ask her. She'll answer those questions, too -- in her signature candid, upbeat manner.

Formerly a health and fitness writer, Joan switched topics in 2005 to senior sex with her spicy memoir, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty. Later works include Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex , and Ageless Erotica. Her newest book, The Ultimate Guide to Sex after Fifty: How to Maintain – or Regain! – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life, will be published by Cleis Press in December 2014. Joan also is the "Sex at Our Age" columnist for

October 12
Gina Belforte --"The Golden Gate Bridge"

Gina BelforteThere is a lot more to the Golden Gate Bridge than the historic span itself. The highway and transportation district that governs it also operates a bus and ferry service that carries 30 million passengers a year to and from San Francisco.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Gina Belforte, Rohnert Park City Council member and Golden Gate Bridge director, provides a historic look at the bridge, how it was planned and its significance to Sonoma County. There will be information shared about recently completed projects such as automated tolling as well as a number of projects currently under construction. We will also look at future issues facing the district and the district's role as a transportation provider in the Bay Area.

Gina is currently serving her second term on the Rohnert Park City Council. Regionally, she serves as a Bridge Director and is a Health Action liaison. A Northern California native, she has lived in Rohnert Park for 27 years with her husband Kevin. She has two children attending college.


October 19
Dot Spaet : "Five Keys to Get Rid of Back Pain"

Gina Belforte Dot will talk about and demonstrate five little known secrets that are the keys to bending and lifting without hurting your back. She will discuss exactly what it takes to get rid of back pain and keep it away.

Dot is a Self-Help Back Pain Specialist; she has been studying the body for 35 years. She holds a BA degree in Mathematics from UC Berkeley and Certifications in Functional Muscle Training, Core Conditioning, Personal Training, Yoga and Pilates among others. Her specialty is Getting Rid of Back Pain especially for those who thought they had tried everything else.


October 29
Craig Anderson: "Land Paths of Sonoma County"

Gina Belforte Parks, "open space" and agricultural lands combine to create one of the most important aspects of quality of life in Sonoma County. At the same time these lands are lately at risk due to park closures, development within urban growth boundaries and a host of challenges for farmers. LandPaths' director of the past 17 years, Craig will discuss his perspective on the open landscape, public access and the modern psyche as it relates to the unique sense of place'in our region.

Land Partners Through Stewardship, or "LandPaths," is a Sonoma County-based nonprofit dedicated to connecting people to natural and working landscapes. In his Symposium talk, Craig will highlight LandPaths flagship programs and preserves and the nonprofit community group's work in reinforcing the outdoors not as not just a recreational asset, but a treasure that we all share and need to steward.

If the speaker requests the program be video recorded, an edited copy will be posted here one week later for those who could not attend in person. Contact Oakmont Video Productions for more information.

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